jacana

noun
ja·​ca·​na | \ jə-ˈkä-nə How to pronounce jacana (audio) , ˌzha-sə-ˈnaⁿ How to pronounce jacana (audio) \

Definition of jacana

: any of a family (Jacanidae) of long-legged and long-toed tropical wading birds that frequent coastal freshwater marshes and ponds

First Known Use of jacana

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jacana

Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi jasanã́

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